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'''Villanova University''' is a private university located in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania|Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia|Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the United States. Named after Thomas of Villanova|Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth (U.S. state)|Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia|old Saint Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, which the Augustinian friars founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, which was established in 1811. ''U.S. News and World Report'' lists Villanova as a "more selective" regional university and ranks it as the best regional university in the North. Barrons lists Villanova as most...
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